Nashville Predators acquire Rasmus Asplund from Buffalo Sabers for 2025 seventh-round pick

The Nashville Predators acquire forward Rasmus Asplund from the Buffalo Sabers in exchange for a 2025 seventh-round pick.

Asplund, 25, has eight points (two goals, six assists) in 27 games this season. According to our friends at CapFriendly, it has a cap of $825,000. Asplund is a two-way forward who has a high hockey IQ. He was originally drafted in the second round, 33rd overall by the Sabers in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Before turning pro, he spent time in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL) with Farjestad, totaling 62 points ( 20 goals, 42 assists) in 170 games.

He spent time with the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League and during his rookie campaign had 41 points (10 goals, 31 assists) in 75 games. Asplund made his NHL debut in the 2019-20 season but struggled to find his footing, recording three points in 29 games. Last season, Asplund had a career-high 27 points (eight goals, 19 assists) in 80 games. In a four-year career so far, he has played 164 games totaling 18 goals and 31 assists for 49 points. He also represented Sweden internationally in 2021-22 at the IIHF World Championship where he was named one of the top 3 players in the World Championship squad for scoring six goals in eight games.

The deal comes shortly after general manager Kevyn Adams and the Sabers acquired forward Jordan Greenway from the Minnesota Wild for a draft pick. The Sabers are now in playoff contention, they are 31-25-4 and currently sit fourth in the Atlantic Division.

With David Poile and the Predators in selling mode, trading Tanner Jeannot, Nino Niederreiter, Mikael Granlund and Mattias Ekholm, they decided to shop around and acquire a deep project. The Predators currently sit fifth in the Central Division with a 30-23-6 record.

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